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Burning Tree Mastodon Excavation Site in Licking County, Ohio, 1989


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The Burning Tree Mastodon (Mammut americanum) excavation site at the Burning Tree Golf Course south of Heath in Licking Township, Licking County, Ohio. The Burning Tree Mastodon is one of the most complete specimens of a mastodon found to date. It was discovered on December 12, 1989, during excavation for a pond on the course. Most of the skeleton had been recovered within three days of the initial find in what was probably a peat bog formed from a small kettle lake. Five casts were made from the original specimen skeleton before it was sold to a museum in Japan. The image was taken by Michael C. Hansen on December 13, 1989. The location given is the entrance to the Burning Tree Golf Course.

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